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The Difference Between Delirium and Dementia

Dementia and delirium are both health conditions that change a person’s ability to think clearly and care for themselves. They do share some similar symptoms. But they have different causes, treatment, and outcomes. Delirium is seen as a medical emergency that needs to be treated right away. But it can often be mistaken for dementia. In some cases, these conditions can occur at the same time. Learn how they are different, and what you can do to help a person who has signs of either or both.

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About Delirium

Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It causes problems with attention, thinking, memory, and emotion. It is seen as a medical emergency.

For Caregivers

Delirium often goes unnoticed in older adults. Learn about the signs of delirium so you can recognize it if it happens to your loved one.


Delirium is a common condition that can be treated. But prevention is important. If delirium is not treated right away, it can cause permanent problems for the person.

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